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The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. CNN Political Director David Chalian shares the latest insider analysis so you can make sense of the headlines.

The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. CNN Political Director David Chalian shares the latest insider analysis so you can make sense of the headlines.

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The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. CNN Political Director David Chalian shares the latest insider analysis so you can make sense of the headlines.

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English


Episodes

Five States Hold Midterm Primaries

5/17/2022
States from coast to coast are holding primaries today ahead of the 2022 midterm election. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the races to watch, like Pennsylvania’s contentious Senate and gubernatorial races, and North Carolina’s congressional races. Also, how is this primary election cycle challenging Trump’s influence in the GOP? And what do the Democratic primary frontrunners say about the party’s midterm strategy? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy,...

Duration:00:07:11

Racist Ideal Embraced by Some in GOP

5/16/2022
A racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo, New York is being investigated as a hate crime. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how a racist, conspiratorial belief the accused shooter allegedly held is part of a concerning trend in America. This fringe idea has moved to the political mainstream, where replacement theory rhetoric has been echoed by some conservative TV personalities and lawmakers. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:06:14

GA Primary Pits Pence Against Trump

5/13/2022
Former Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on the GOP gubernatorial primary race in Georgia. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why his endorsement puts him at odds with his former boss. Will former President Donald Trump and Pence go head-to-head for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024? That’s the question that looms over all the races this year. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:07:26

Trump Casts Shadow on PA GOP Senate Race

5/12/2022
Former President Donald Trump is nervous about the odds his endorsed candidate – Dr. Mehmet Oz – has of winning the Senate GOP primary in Pennsylvania next Tuesday. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the emergence of a candidate in the race who’s complicating things for Oz and David McCormick, another top primary contender. It’s why party leaders are watching this race closely too. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:08:18

Biden says Inflation is “Unacceptably High”

5/11/2022
US inflation cooled off a bit last month, but consumer prices are still high. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why the Biden administration isn’t celebrating the slight dip. President Biden continues to blame Russia’s war in Ukraine for price pains and food shortages in the US. But as Republicans often point out – and polls show – Americans don’t think Biden’s economic policies are effective so far. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:07:03

WV & NE GOP Primaries Test Trump’s Power

5/10/2022
West Virginia and Nebraska are holding primary elections today and former President Donald Trump’s influence is being tested, yet again. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down two races – one congressional, one gubernatorial – where Trump has endorsed candidates. Trump’s chosen candidate won in Ohio last week – will the streak continue in the many important primaries to come this month? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:07:06

Roe v. Wade is Front & Center for Dems

5/9/2022
The Supreme Court’s leaked opinion on Roe vs. Wade has Democrats campaigning on the possible ripple effects of overturning the landmark abortion rights decision, while Republicans are evasive about what could come next. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the political game plans on both sides of the aisle – and what privacy rights could be targeted next. It could be not just a state-by-state debate soon, especially if Republicans take control of Congress. To learn more about...

Duration:00:07:21

Most Americans Support Roe v. Wade

5/6/2022
The leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion overturning Roe vs. Wade may not be the final decision – but it was enough for Democrats to sound the alarm. CNN Political Director David Chalian dissects brand new polling from CNN/SSRS that shows a majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe vs. Wade. That’s been the case for a while, but that’s not the full story. Democrats think this issue can be a rallying call ahead of the midterms, but polling shows that might not be true at this point....

Duration:00:07:50

New Audio Reveals McCarthy Wanted Trump Gone

5/5/2022
From anti-Trump-impeachment arguments, to 25th Amendment discussions – more tapes have dropped where we hear House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy talk candidly in the aftermath of the insurrection. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why the recorded private conversations provide new context about what happened after January 6th. Plus, the House select committee spoke to some members of the former President’s family recently. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy,...

Duration:00:06:58

Trump Still Has Political Power in GOP

5/4/2022
Amid a crowded GOP field, JD Vance came out on top in yesterday’s Senate primary election in Ohio. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how Vance’s win proves former President Donald Trump’s endorsements can still make a difference. Will that be the case in other races? Plus, the overall political environment for Democrats is toxic and the economy is reason number one – it’s why you’ll hear Vance’s opponent Rep. Tim Ryan talking about it. To learn more about how CNN protects...

Duration:00:07:26

The End of Abortion as We Know It?

5/3/2022
A leaked draft of a majority opinion shows the Supreme Court may be poised to end Roe v. Wade – making it the most consequential decision on abortion in decades. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the magnitude of this and its political implications. Republicans are focusing on the danger the leak poses to the high court, while Democrats are using the opinion as a rallying call ahead of the midterms. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:07:43

GA Elections Highlight Trump’s Big Lie

5/2/2022
A special grand jury has been selected in Georgia to determine whether former president Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws in their efforts to overturn the 2020 election. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how Trump’s election lies are shifting from not just a political conversation, but to a legal one as well. This comes as early voting starts today in Georgia’s primaries... and a few GOP contests in the state are heating up. To learn more about how CNN protects listener...

Duration:00:07:22

Sean Hannity’s Leaked Texts with Trump Staff

4/29/2022
The curtain has been pulled even further back into how Trump allies were reacting to the 2020 election and its aftermath. Hear CNN Political Director David Chalian read new text messages between Fox News Host Sean Hannity and Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. He explains how Hannity went from all-in on Trump’s election-fraud lies to being “fed up.” Plus, the Jan. 6th House select committee will hold public hearings in June. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...

Duration:00:08:07

Unwelcome Economic News for Dems

4/28/2022
The economy shrank last quarter unexpectedly and recession fears are renewed. CNN Political Director David Chalian paints the complicated economic picture in the US. Democrats are touting progress with more optimistic economic statistics. But as Republicans often point out, people are more focused on the impacts of inflation. Can it be addressed before voters head to the polls in November? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:08:18

McCarthy Caught on Tape (Again)

4/27/2022
New audio from the New York Times reveals House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had private concerns about some far-right members' behavior following the insurrection last year – concerns that contradict his public opinion shortly after. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why McCarthy’s chances of becoming Speaker of the House next year are still high. Plus, House members seem to be rallying around McCarthy’s defense to the tapes. To learn more about how CNN protects listener...

Duration:00:08:53

US Amps Up Anti-Russian Rhetoric

4/26/2022
The US and its allies appear to be shifting their strategy and rhetoric around the war in Ukraine to adopt much tougher language against Russia. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how recent comments from US officials and accelerated security assistance to Ukraine prove that. Words and actions were chosen more carefully by US officials at the outset of the war, but now Russia’s poor battlefield performance has emboldened the West. To learn more about how CNN protects listener...

Duration:00:07:26

The GOP is Running on the ‘Big Lie’

4/25/2022
CNN has learned more about how former President Donald Trump’s inner circle worked to overturn the legitimate 2020 election in the lead-up and aftermath of January 6th. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down some of those efforts that happened then, and how some Republicans in Michigan and Georgia are running for office on that ‘Big Lie’ now. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:08:04

New Audio Reveals McCarthy Lied

4/22/2022
New audio from the New York Times reveals bombshells about what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was saying about former President Donald Trump in the days after January 6th. CNN Political Director David Chalian differentiates between what McCarthy was saying publicly and privately. Just when he needs it most, will McCarthy lose support from the leader of the party over this? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:08:15

Lawmakers Oppose Ending Border Policy

4/21/2022
Tensions are high in Washington ahead of the expected roll back of a Trump-era border policy in May and the anticipated migrant surge at the southern border to follow. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why some Democrats in Congress don’t want this to happen, and how prepared the administration is to handle the likely influx. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:07:59

FL Gov.'s Culture Wars in Prep for 2024

4/20/2022
Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has escalated his weeks-long feud with Disney and continues his fight against “woke culture.” CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the politics behind DeSantis’ recent moves and why his potential political aspirations could be a factor. DeSantis is also proposing his own redistricting for the state of Florida – a job that usually belongs to the state legislature. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Duration:00:08:30